We are excited to be hosting the first Northwest Handbag Contest during the Pendleton Leather Show. What is a Handbag: a purse or other carrier made of at least 75% leather, to be worn on the body or carried in the hand, with or without straps, designed to carry/hold personal articles or money.

That means a Handbag can be used by men or women—a briefcase would qualify as a Handbag for the purposes of the contest. We admire the diversity of makers & styles we see at leather shows—and we are encouraging ALL styles of handbag entries in the Northwest Handbag Contest.


 
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Rules:

  • Constructed of at least 75% leather, not including the lining, if any.

  • Collaborations of two makers is acceptable.

  • Entries must meet our definition of a handbag: purse or other carrier to be worn on the body or carried in the hand, with or without straps, designed to carry/hold personal articles or money.

Awards:

  • First place—$1000 in prizes & cash

  • Second place—$500 prizes & cash

  • Third place—$200 prizes & cash

  • People’s Choice Award—$200 award

Judging & Scoring: we will announce our three person judging panel soon; they will be creative & talented artists who can competently evaluate entries. The three judges will independently and score each entry and some contestants will receive a copy of their three scores.

Entries will be open soon; please keep checking back!

Important dates:

  • October 15, 2019 $75 entries close

  • October 16-30, 2019 $100 late entry period

  • October 30, 2019 all entries must be at the Pendleton Leather Show for judging

  • October 31, 2019 judging

  • November 1 & 2, 2019 entries on display

  • Awards announced & photos: tbd

  • Entries must remain at the show through 4pm, November 2, 2019